(PTI) Washington, DT

The US is planning a second lottery for H-1B visa applicants. The US decision will give an opportunity to hundreds of Indian IT professionals who missed out on H-1B visas of the first choice. According to the US Citizenship and Immigration Services, applications for new draws can be made from August 2 to November 3.

The US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) said it did not receive a sufficient number of H-1B visas approved by Congress through a computerized draw for H-1B visas scheduled earlier this year. So the second draw was decided. The H-1B visa is a non-resident visa that allows US companies to employ foreign workers in specialized occupations that require theoretical or technical expertise. IT companies rely on H-1B visas every year to recruit thousands of people from countries like India and China.

In the United States, 3,000 approved visa applications are approved by Congress annually. However, the first 30,000 applications from beneficiaries with a master’s degree in the United States are exempt from this limit. “We have recently decided that we need to select additional applications by fiscal year 207,” the US Citizenship and Immigration Services said. The first application deadline for alternate registrars for FY 206 was April 1, 2021, to June 30, 2021.

“We selected some of the applications previously submitted via electronic registration on July 9 through a lottery selection process,” USCIS said. Based on these selected applications, applicants will have to apply between 2 August to 3 November. Selected applicants will be required to keep their My USCIS account updated with notification of selection.

The USCIS said that hundreds of applicants, including Indian IT professionals who did not get a chance in the first lottery selection, are likely to get another chance this year through the second lottery. The federal agency said applicants would only have to apply with selected registrations for fiscal year 207. He said that H-1B cap based applications should be properly filed at the appropriate service centre.

Online filing is not available for H-1B visa applications. Applicants applying for H-1B must submit all required documents along with printed copy of Registration Selection Notice along with H5-1B cap-subject petition for FY 206. Registration selection only indicates that applicants are eligible for H-1B cap subject application.